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Angelo Zawaydeh
Buried Greek Orthodox Memorial Park, Colma, California[1]
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army/Armor Branch
Years of service 2005-2006
Rank Private First Class
Unit 2nd Battalion, 502d Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)[2][3]
Battles/wars Operation Iraqi Freedom[4]
Awards Bronze Star[5]
Purple Heart[6]

Private First Class Angelo A. Zawaydeh was a Greek orthodox Jordanian[7] American who died in Baghdad, Iraq[6] on March 15, 2006,[8] at the age of 19.[9] He is one of two people from San Mateo County who have died in Operation Iraqi Freedom.[5]


Born to April Bradreau and Akram Zawaydeh,[6] he was a native of San Francisco,[10] and lived in San Bruno.[11] Shortly after the September 11th attacks he had made a pact with three of his friends to join the military,[10][12] however his parents were against it.[5][13] In high school he was known for being a skateboarding enthusiast.[12] In 2004, he graduated from Terra Nova High School, and against his parents wishes he later enlisted.

In September 2005, he was sent to Iraq with the rest of his unit.[7] On the day of his death, having beein in Iraq for only four months,[14] he was manning a machine gun atop a tank at a traffic checkpoint.[7] There he was struck down by hostile fire, a mortar shell struck his neck[7] and embedded itself into his body and failed to detonate.[6]

He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his service,[5] a service was held at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in San Francisco,[6] and was interned at Greek Orthodox Memorial Park in Colma, California. He is survived by his mother and father (a veteran of a Middle Eastern conflict)[7], two younger sisters, and a younger brother.[6] His uncle is a member of the Jordanian Parliament.[15] As of March 2007, his grave does not have a tombstone.[10]

While on tour at the San Mateo County Fair in 2006 Charles Daniels spoke positively of the late PFC Zawaydeh.[16] His service was later commemorated during Project America Run near Sterling, Colorado.[17]


  1. ^ Caroline (17 March 2006). "PFC Angelo Akram Zawaydeh". Retrieved 12 October 2009. 
  2. ^ "Angelo A. Zawaydeh". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 12 October 2009. 
  3. ^ "Governor Schwarzenegger Issues Statement on Death of San Bruno Soldier: Pfc. Angelo A. Zawaydeh". Office of the Governor. State of California. 29 March 2006. Retrieved 2 December 2009. 
  4. ^ Trudeau, G.B. (2006). Heckuva Job, Bushie!: A Doonesbury Book. Kansas City, Missouri: Andrews McMeel Publishing. p. 240. ISBN 9780740762000. Retrieved 24 June 2011.  More than one of |pages= and |page= specified (help)
  5. ^ a b c d Todd R. Brown (18 March 2006). "San Mateo County sustains second loss". Oakland Tribune. Retrieved 12 October 2009. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f Christine Morente (25 March 2006). "200 gather to mourn San Bruno GI killed in Iraq". Oakland Tribune. Retrieved 12 October 2009. 
  7. ^ a b c d e "Army Pfc. Angelo Zawaydeh, 19, San Bruno; Killed in Iraq". Los Angeles Times. 23 April 2006. Retrieved 12 October 2009. 
  8. ^ "Pfc. Angelo A. Zawaydeh". Faces of the fallen. The Washington Post Company. Retrieved 2 December 2009. 
  9. ^ Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) (17 March 2006). "DoD Identifies Army Casualty". Department of Defense News. Retrieved 12 October 2009. 
  10. ^ a b c Cite error: The named reference SFC was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  11. ^ The Associated Press (23 April 2006). "Army Pfc. Angelo Zawaydeh, 19, San Bruno; Killed in Iraq". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2 December 2009. 
  12. ^ a b Cicero A. Estrella (18 March 2006). "Angelo Zawaydeh -- GI in Iraq". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 15 February 2011.  Unknown parameter |coauthor= ignored (|author= suggested) (help)
  13. ^ Associated Press. "Army Pfc. Angelo A. Zawaydeh". Military Times. Retrieved 25 June 2011. 
  14. ^ Heatehr Murtagh (21 March 2006). "Soldier's death hits home". The Daily Journal. Retrieved 15 February 2011. 
  15. ^ The Associated Press (5 May 2006). "March 2006 glimpses". USA Today. Retrieved 12 October 2009. 
  16. ^ "Fresh off trip to Iraq, Charlie Daniels rides into San Mateo". The San Francisco Examiner. 10 August 2006. Retrieved 15 February 2011. 
  17. ^ Judy Debus (20 July 2010). "Quest connects public with fallen soldiers". Journal Advocate. Retrieved 25 June 2011.